Vent IT: Will going green put your business in the red?

New greenhouse legislation will affect IT departments nation wide from July 1: have the greenies gone too far or is IT not doing enough for the environment?

From 1 July 2008 a large number of Australian businesses will be required to monitor and report their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007.

The Act will see 700 medium and large companies forced, for the first time, to provide a transparent and auditable glimpse into the impact their enterprise has on the environment.

With 25 per cent of the IT budget at a typical company going toward data centre costs, experts in energy-efficient data centres have warned that failure to act on green initiatives will come back to haunt Australian companies that don't go green.

But its not just data centres leaving a carbon footprint; networking infrastructure, printers and cartridges, laptops and mobile devices, desktops and monitors, mobile phones right down to how much paper is used in the office all contribute to the problem.

E-waste has rapidly become Australia's biggest area of waste growth.

With World Environment Day happening this week, Computerworld poses the question:

Is your company's IT department going green?

How will the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act affect your enterprise and what is being done in preparation for enactment of the legislation?

Does green = efficiency = savings for your company, or will going green put your IT budget in the red?

Have the greenies gone too far, or does IT have a responsibility to the environment?

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